I had an Aha moment last week and I witnessed someone else having one.
The dictionary definition of Aha is ” a moment of sudden realization, inspiration, insight, recognition, or comprehension”.
As I get older, I find that I seem to have a lot more of these moments for things I relearn. It might be that I’m hearing someone with a new way of describing an old concept, or it’s a concept I already knew but now applied to something different, or a combination of ideas like I wrote about in Idea Babies.
It sometimes feels like we’ve always known it, but until that Aha Moment, we couldn’t have described it in exactly this way.
I think it was Oprah who added to the common definition that it’s something that we already knew but that it resonates with us differently. I can’t think of a single instance where this isn’t true for me.
When someone shares that they had an Aha moment, I’ve started asking them if they already knew the information, but it only just now made sense, or if it’s all new information. I’ve yet to encounter the latter. The most often response is that “I hadn’t looked at it this way”.
What is exciting is that it’s often a spark that will accelerate growth.
It’s amazing to find this new awareness so consistently when we’re actively exploring what we are thinking.